It’s corn planting season the the Pacific Northwest! We’ve had a mild spring, so the Cascade Ruby-Gold got an early start in my garden. Here it is about 10 days old. I’m trying a no-till leaf mulch method. I did a heavy leaf mulch over an unruly patch of grass during the winter, so the corn can now feed off of the nutrients of the rotting grass. I planted the seeds with some composted horse manure to give them a lively start. We’ll see how it goes!
I saved some of the batch of seed I planted so I will be able to do a before/after comparison of the microbial communities. I imagine this unconventional method will yield some interesting changes in the microbiome of the course of a growing season.
It’s not too late to register to participate in the research project this year! Register today, and you get your seeds analyzed to determine their microbial communities.